Sara Lou Bridal & Mens Formal Wear donates dress for Carnival Queen 2015

Sara Lou Bridal & Mens Formal Wear has very kindly donated a dress from their collection to this years Willenhall Carnival Queen, Shamila Mansell.

We had a great few hours in the shop trying on the dresses – a small selection of photos but we wont spoil it for you with the dress Shamila chose!!

Many thanks to Sharon for looking after us!!

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A reminder that this years Willenhall Carnival will be Saturday 13th June!!  See ya there :-)

Haven’t we seen you somewhere before? Doppelgangers roll into Willenhall

What on earth were Kate and Wills, funnyman Keith Lemon and Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney all doing in Willenhall?

That was the question on everyone’s lips when a gaggle of famous faces descended on the town.

They were in fact all lookalikes and there to star in a short film being shot by budding film maker Daniel Crooks from Willenhall.

Other celebs turning heads in the town were Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and Frank Gallagher from TV show Shameless. And it certainly confused and intrigued the locals who came over to have a closer look and request selfies with the clones.

Red Nose Day The Movie will be 20 minutes long and Mr Crooks will be posting it onto YouTube tomorrow and he is hoping it may make it onto TV.

Full Express and Star here

You can now watch the full movie via youtube Click Here

Love it!! #WillenhallAyWe

The Locksmith’s House 2015 Events

Once again The Black Country Living Museum are putting on events for the whole family to join in!

If still have never been, no better time than now to make a note of whats happening this year!!

Spring Open Day – Saturday 28th March
Summer Open Day – Saturday 25th July
Heritage Open Weekend – Sat 12th & Sun 13th September
Horrible Willenhall Histories Day – Saturday 24th October
Fancy Evergreens – Thursday 26th November
Christmas Open Day – 28th November
Christmas at Home with the Edwardians – Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th December

See poster!

Events for the year – PDF File

More information will be available per event on our calender or check out
Black Country Living Museum Wesbite

Glyn trains for non-stop charity race

A sports endurance enthusiast will raise money for Cancer Research UK while taking part in a gruelling race this year.

Supporting Cancer Research

Supporting Cancer Research


Photo Source – Express and Star

Glyn Marston has teamed up with the Willenhall Ay We voluntary group to collect cash for their chosen charity by completing the non-stop 750km challenge.

The 52 year-old is tackling the Paris-Brest-Paris race in August on an Elliptigo bike.

Read Full story here via Express and Star

Glyn Martson makes challenge worthwhile…..

Glyn makes challenge worthwhile!!

We are very proud once again to have Glyn Marston by our side as he sets about his latest challenge and in the process, raising funds for our chosen charity Cancer Research. Many of you will know Glyn, Willenhall born and bred, for his great fundraising efforts over many years but we were very honoured to have Glyn launch the Willenhall Flag back in June 2014. Glyn has attended many events on behalf of Willenhallaywe.co.,uk and is a true ambassador for our voluntary organisation promoting our hometown.
Glyns challenge will be – Paris to Brest to Paris, August 16th- 20th . Glyn Marston has a place on the British Elliptigo team for the PBP event- a 750 mile non stop challenge over four days. While Glyn is aware that he has to qualify in races of four different distances, his confidence is high. And therefore Glyn Marston is putting his place on the 750 PBP event not only to bring pride to our region but to raise funds for a worthy cause- CANCER RESEARCH UK.
Glyn said, “We all know families that have been affected by cancer and Glyn wants to put his hardwork and efforts to this worthwhile cause as our groups chosen charity, we will be fully supporting Glyn and helping to raise as much as we can.
It’s a special year for Willenhallaywe.co.uk. Kalie Plant, as this year will be her sisiters 20th Death Anniversary so hoping to make it a bumper year of fundraising in her memory.

You can follow Glyns efforts via his Facebook Challenge page

Donate via our Justgivingpage .

All for Cancer Research

Glyn Marston ready for his challenge!!

Glyn Marston gearing up for ultimate challenge

An avid sport endurance enthusiast is gearing up for a 90-hour non-stop race.

Glyn Marston will be tackling the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris race, a 750km bike race starting on August 16 this year.

But the 52-year-old from Willenhall won’t be competing on a normal bike, he will be racing on an Elliptigo bike, a combination between a cross-trainer – a machine used to simulate stair walking and hill climbing – and a normal bicycle.

Glyn started training for the race last year in November after being called up by a member of the British Elliptigo team.

Read full Express and Star story here

We invite you all – Willenhall Town Flag & Plaque Unveiling

We invite all of Willenhall to witness the flag launch and unveiling of the plaque outside Willenhall Library, Walsall Street.

Willenhallaywe.co.uk Invites you all!

Willenhallaywe.co.uk Invites you all!

The event will see our towns flag fly high on its permanent flag pole and a plaque, donated by Brett Quinton Funeral Servces, erected as a permanent reminder of the official flag launch on 14th June 2014.

We have come a long way with promoting our hometown and finally Willenhall can fly its flag high – #FlyingtheflagforWillenhall

Full details here

Official Flag launch & unveiling of plaque outside Willenhall Library with A Flag Presentation to our visitors from Drancy FRANCE, our twinned town. Sat 8th November 2014

We will be officially flying the flag high outside Willenhall Library which is home to the towns permanent flag pole after having been granted permission from Walsall Council along with our plaque which has been donated by Brett Quinton Funerals and made by Lasting Memorials based in Willenhall, both which will be a permanent reminder of Flying the Flag for Willenhall and putting Willenhall back on the map!

This has been tied in with our overseas visitors from Drancy, FRANCE (via The Willenhall/ Drancy Twinning Association) who will officially receive our town flag on behalf of Drancy.

We are honoured to have amongst the guests, Mr Arthur Utley who is an ex-serviceman who took part in Normandy Landings who has represented Willenhall in Drancy for the 8th May Commemorations, who will raise the flag for Willenhall which will also be a mark of our remembrance for WW1 Commemorations.
Councillor Peter Smith, Mayor of Walsall on behalf of willenhallaywe.co.uk will unveil the plaque outside the library before presenting our town flag to our visitors.

The presentation will take place above the library where the Willenhall Council Chambers still exist today with our guests and those of The Willenhall/Drancy Twinning Association along with the French Delegation which consist of Mr LASTAPIS Michel (A deputy mayor with responsibility for housing and health, Mme BOUTHORS Jacqueline (A councillor with special interest in the Food Market
Mr BOUTHORS Stéphane (Chairman of the Drancy Twinning Committee)
Mme SERVAIS Michèle ( Treasurer of the Drancy Twinning Committee)

We will have Glyn Marston; flag design winner Adam Leonard and other key guests who have supported us all the way right upto where we find ourselves today! Our very own permanent flagpole to fly the flag for Willenhall.

For our guests a buffet will be provided, which has been kindly provided by The County Pub, fantastic support from local business ‘ as always including AFB Community who has supported us with all our events and on this occasion helping with providing a photographer to mark this auspicious occasion.

We look forward to seeing you all outside Willenhall Library on Saturday Nov 8th at 11.30am.

The Willenhall/Drancy Twinning Association

Willenhall first became twinned with Drancy in 1959 when Willenhall had
its own council. When it became part of Walsall (as Walsall already had
a twinning with Mulhouse) some of the committee members decided to
continue the twinning and received a small grant from Walsall Council
which ceased several years ago. The Mayor of Drancy, Maurice Niles,
understood the problem and was happy to continue the twinning even
though Willenhall no longer had its own separate council.
Since 1959 many different types of exchanges have taken place including
children’s exchanges, various sports exchanges, art exchanges, music
exchanges, trades unions, ex servicemen and women and old people.
During the current year there has been an art exchange, a running club
exchange and an ex serviceman’s exchange. A delegation from the Drancy
Twinning Committee is present in Willenhall from 7th – 10th November
this year in order to receive the new Willenhall flag on behalf of
Drancy, to take part in the walk to Lane Head Cenotaph on Remembrance
Sunday and to attend a Protocol Meeting with the Willenhall Twinning
Committee in order to plan future exchange visits.
James Mills (Chairman)
Sandra Buckley (Vice Chairman)
Brian Bucklely ( Treasurer)
Norma Mills (Secretary)

Willenhall Drancy Exchange Association

Willenhall Drancy Exchange Association

Pedal power! But not as we know it

He has crossed the line in more than 60 marathons and raised thousands of pounds for charity – now former running man Glyn Marston has taken up a new challenge.

A knee injury forced the sports fanatic to give up racing on his own legs.He explains how a failed attempt to compete at the London Marathon on stilts last year after previous efforts to use a wheelchair led him to take up the ellipitigo – a stand up cycle described as a cross trainer on wheels.

Glyn completed 65 marathons and 45 ultra-distance races, varying from 32 to 153 miles, after taking up running in 1993.

Just this summer the 52-year-old, of Willenhall, completed the Elliptigo European Championships in Aix-Les-Bains in the French Alps. He tackled a 13-mile race up Mont Revard on his stand up cycle. Of the 85 who took part only four of the competitors were English.

He completed the course in 3hrs:58mins. But it took him just 34 minutes to cruise back down the mountain on his bike – showing just how steep the climb was. He also earned ranking points in the world league table by taking part in the championships.

“It was really tough but I enjoyed it and I hope to take part next year. It’s 13 miles uphill all the way.”

“I use the elliptigo regularly. I do get quite a bit of attention. People point at it and make comments about what they think it is. It is very popular in some countries and very big in the US,” he adds.

He now plans to ride it from John O’Groats, in Scotland, to Land’s End, in Cornwall, next June in aid of the charity Cancer Research UK in support of friends and family members who have undergone the illness.

Full Express & Star story here

Step inside the Mayor’s Parlour

Walsall’s Mayor and some of the former First Citizens will be opening the doors of the Mayor’s Parlour and other historical buildings with a series of guided tours.
Doors open to the public next month for the first of four guided tours of Walsall’s Council House, Town Hall and Mayor’s Parlour.
The tour concept is the brainstorm of the Walsall Guild of Former Mayors and Consorts which gives the public the chance to see the magnificent Mayoral Regalia and the many historical items throughout the Town Hall and Council House.
For a small charge of £2 per person, people can join the Mayor and a former Mayor on Monday 3 November at 2pm for the hour and a half tour. Proceeds will be divided between the Mayor’s Charity Appeal and the Walsall Guild.
Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith, said, “As president of the Walsall Guild of Former Mayors and Consorts, I feel it my duty to open up our doors and share Walsall’s rich heritage of 600 years of civic traditions.
“Walsall’s mayoralty is steeped in history dating as far back as 1377 so there’ll be plenty to see throughout the visit.”
The tour starts in the town hall which still retains a feeling of grandeur with its high ceiling and elaborate décor. The organ which was put in to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee has 98 stops, 5 keyboards and thousands of pipes. There are bronze plaques listing all those who died in the First and Second World Wars and murals of the South Staffordshire Regiments’ battle scenes during the First World War. .
Visitors will move on to the Council House where they’ll see the Great War Roll of Honour which lists 55 council employees who lost their lives in the 1914-18 conflict, a plaque which commemorates Mayoress Slater who died of a shrapnel injury during the 1916 Zeppelin bombings, and much more.
From there, the tour leads through to the Council Chamber where the Mayor presides over the monthly council meetings and then sweeps up the grand staircase to the second floor where photographs of many past Mayors are displayed and ends up in the Mayor’s Parlour.
The parlour houses many interesting items from Sister Dora artefacts to silverware and the Mayoral Regalia of which the Mayor’s Mace and Stand date from 1627.
Author of Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome, bequeathed his writing bureau to the people of Walsall after he was given the Freedom of the Borough. It now stands in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Tours will be conducted between 2pm and 3.30pm on Monday 3 November and Monday 1 December 2014, then Monday 16 February and Monday 2 March 2015.

To book your place on the tour, contact the Mayor’s office on 01922 652072 or email the Mayor’s personal assistant, Verity Edwards at edwardsv@walsall.gov.uk